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I have a chihuahua who is about 7 months old. He seems to

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I have a chihuahua who is about 7 months old. He seems to have both his feet face away from the body. (Especially when he is sitting). In a "seal like" way. He doesn't have any problems walking right now, but he is young. And they do have a slight seal look while he's walking but not even close to what it is when he is sitting which is straight out to the sides. Will this be a problem when he gets older? Is there something we need to do now?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Sally G. replied 9 months ago.

hello and thank you for using this site to help you.

If you look at these pictures if this what you are talking about then your pup may have cow hocks. (Where the ankles come together but the feet stick out)

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/attachments/health-issues/101513d1376526068-cow-hocked-legs-cow-hock2.jpg

This is usually due to poor breeding. It would help if you let the dog do some incline walking to strengthen the muscles or the rear limbs but you cannot make them go away, it will always be like that.

You can also help by giving a joint supplement such as cosequin to the dog to help the joints in that area. You can also buy food that has glucosamine and chondroitin in it to help now.

Because this is a small dog you will want to have your vet check the knees as well as smaller breeds are prone to patella luxaction where the knee cap goes in and out of its joint. This can be painful.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Could this happen on the front legs? He seems to only have it on the front legs. Thanks for the response!
Expert:  Sally G. replied 9 months ago.

Yes it can happen on the front legs. This is a sign of a poorly bred dog. You can see some pictures here http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/care/structuredogsbody.htm

Here are other links to help you, but I would get her examined sooner rather than later.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/02/20/preventing-growing-puppies-deformity.aspx

http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/forefront-looking-canine-angular-limb-deformities-new-way